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May 7, 2015

Facebook’s Seattle site leader leaves company

SEATTLE, May 6 (Reuters) – The leader of Facebook Inc’s
fast-growing Seattle office left the company last month,
a spokeswoman for the online social network told Reuters on
Wednesday, a crucial personnel change at Facebook’s largest
engineering office outside of its Silicon Valley headquarters.

Engineering manager Paul Carduner, who took over leadership
of the Seattle office about six months ago, was in charge of
more than 600 people.

May 5, 2015

Cisco looks to salesman Robbins for tech leadership

SEATTLE, May 4 (Reuters) – Chuck Robbins, the veteran
salesman chosen by Cisco Systems Inc to succeed
legendary CEO John Chambers, must prove he has the technical
knowledge to chart a new course and lead the network equipment
maker into the new world of cloud-based computing.

Cisco, like tech stalwarts Hewlett-Packard Co and
IBM, is trying to branch out from its core business into
software, security and datacenters to capitalize on the
explosion of remote computing.

May 4, 2015

Cisco veteran Robbins to take over as CEO from Chambers

By Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc Chief Executive John Chambers will step down in July after 20 years at the helm of the network equipment maker, a symbol of the dot.com stock boom 15 years ago now struggling to boost its bottom line in the era of cloud computing.

Company veteran Chuck Robbins, 49, will take over as CEO. The 65-year-old Chambers, one of the longest-serving leaders of a Silicon Valley company and also company chairman, will become executive chairman, the company said on Monday.

Apr 30, 2015

Oracle CEO sees benefit if rival buys Salesforce.com

, April 30 (Reuters) – Oracle Corp
Chief Executive Safra Catz said her company could
benefit if Microsoft Corp or another rival bought
online customer relationship management firm Salesforce.com Inc
.

She declined comment on whether Oracle had made an approach
to buy Salesforce.com, after a report on Wednesday that
Salesforce.com had hired advisers after receiving an offer from
an unnamed suitor.

Apr 30, 2015

Microsoft opens door to Android, Apple phone apps

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is making it easier for apps written for rival Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Android and Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) iOS systems to work on Windows phones, in a bid to attract users to its unpopular mobile devices, the company’s operating systems chief said on Wednesday.

The move marks a radical shift in strategy for the world’s biggest software company, which still dominates the personal computer market but has failed to get any real traction on tablets and phones, partly because of a lack of apps.

Apr 29, 2015

Microsoft to allow Android apps on Windows phones: sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is set to allow apps from rival Google Inc’s Android system onto its own Windows phones later this year, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

The move would mark a radical shift for Microsoft, which has struggled to attract users and has only 3 percent of the global smartphone market.

Apr 29, 2015

Insight – Chinese demand for Apple’s big-screen phones fuel sales growth

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple’s large-screen iPhones are a big hit in China, taking market share from Samsung and selling at a pace that may make China a greater source of revenue than the Americas for Apple in coming years, analysts said.

The world’s most valuable consumer electronics company reported on Monday a 71 percent increase in sales in China to $16.8 billion (£10.96 billion), driven by its new, bigger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In the first three months of the year, for the first time, Apple sold more iPhones in China than in the United States.

Apr 29, 2015

Chinese demand for Apple’s big-screen phones fuel sales growth

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple’s large-screen iPhones are a big hit in China, taking market share from Samsung and selling at a pace that may make China a greater source of revenue than the Americas for Apple in coming years, analysts said.

The world’s most valuable consumer electronics company reported on Monday a 71 percent increase in sales in China to $16.8 billion, driven by its new, bigger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In the first three months of the year, for the first time, Apple sold more iPhones in China than in the United States.

Apr 25, 2015

Software developers try on Apple watch, see more apps coming

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24 (Reuters) – Software developers who
tried on an Apple Watch for the first time on Friday predicted a
rush of new apps over the next few months, particularly in areas
including health and messaging.

Developers, who had been limited to using software
simulators of the watch, discovered new possibilities.

Apr 24, 2015

Microsoft coy on cloud profit after Amazon delivers

SAN FRANCISCO/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc surprised investors on Thursday by disclosing for the first time that it makes a profit from its fast-growing cloud-computing business.

Microsoft, its closest rival in that arena, also touted a fast-growing cloud business, but held back on key numbers, leaving investors with as many questions as answers.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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